Most women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their life, but many will be unaware of the condition. William McIntosh, MD, and Lisa McIntosh, MD, at Women’s Health Center of Clarksville offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to women in Clarksville, Tennessee, including for uterine fibroids. If you’re concerned about troubling symptoms and want answers, schedule an appointment by phone today.
What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in your uterus. They are usually harmless and virtually never develop into cancer. In fact, many women aren’t even aware they have fibroids.
Fibroids can be so tiny they aren’t visible to the human eye, or so large they can distend your abdomen. It’s possible to have just one fibroid or many.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Many fibroids present no symptoms. For some women, the only way they know about fibroids is after their OB/GYN at Women’s Health Center of Clarksville detects them during a pelvic exam or ultrasound.
In other cases, fibroids lead to uncomfortable or disruptive symptoms. When symptoms are present, they might include:
- Abnormally heavy or long menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Frequent need to urinate
- Inability to fully empty the bladder
- Leg pains or backache
In rare cases, uterine fibroids can cause infertility.
What are some treatments for uterine fibroids?
If your fibroids aren’t large and are not causing uncomfortable symptoms, the best treatment approach may be a period of watchful waiting. Your Women’s Health Center of Clarksville doctor monitors your fibroids over time to see if they change size or cause disruptive symptoms. When treatment is warranted, there are a number of medications that can help shrink fibroids.
Some drugs work by altering your production of estrogen and progesterone, which tricks your body into going into a menopausal state. Other drugs release progestin into your system to relieve heavy bleeding. Even certain oral contraceptives can help.
Another treatment for uterine fibroids involves injecting tiny particles into the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids, which causes them to shrink and die. Myolysis uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fibroid tissue, and cryomyolysis uses extremely cold temperatures to freeze fibroid tissue.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery is also an option. Women’s Health Center of Clarksville specializes in robotic surgery, and this innovative technique can surgically remove fibroids without large incisions or lengthy recovery times.
To learn more about diagnostic and treatment options for uterine fibroids, call Women’s Health Center of Clarksville today.